This analysis is coming a bit late, the first match between Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray is already underway and they are going the distance in the decider. Let’s take a quick look at the other matches.
Djokovic vs Berdych
H2H: Djokovic Leads 19 – 2
Berdych will be entering this match on a six match loosing streak to Djokovic, dating back to 2013. This isn’t helped by the fact that Djokovic has handed the Czech power hitter a nice bagel in two of their past four matches. However, Berdych has a deadly game that can blow anyone off the court when he is on. The problem is he hasn’t been on long enough this season. I expect Djokovic to pull through this one.
David Ferrer vs John Isner
H2H: Ferrer Leads 5 – 1
After John Isner’s shocking defeat of Roger Federer yesterday, I suppose you can throw H2H right out the window. There’s a lot going right for Isner now. He’s playing and most importantly, serving very well. And the confidence from his win against Federer should carry through into this match. Secondly, Ferrer is no Fed. He doesn’t have the same sting in his ground-strokes or his serve and this year, his workmanlike game has started to show the effects of age. However, Ferrer loves this tournament and it till date represents his biggest tournament win. I don’t think it will be enough though if Isner plays at the same level. I see Isner going through this one in three tough sets.
Stanilas Wawrinka vs Rafael Nadal
H2H: Nadal Leads 13 – 2
Nadal goes into this one with a healthy H2H and a fresh victory over Stan the beast in China. That should give him a lot of confidence but there are lots of variables to what would have been an easy prediction in the past. Nadal, hasn’t been Nadal for most of the year and it is only recently that he has shown a bit of the form that saw him win 14 grand slam titles. The other, more dangerous variable is Wawrinka himself. His game can sea-saw from downright abysmal to breathtakingly spectacular from one match to the other. If Wawrinka is playing like he can really play, I don’t see Nadal winning. If he’s not mentally engaged, Nadal could trump him. The Spaniard is coming in with some steam so I give the edge to him. Nadal to the semis for me.
What are your thoughts? Share with me in the comments section and let’s discuss. Till next time!